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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., April 26) -- Dancing waltzes to another big win before Romantically Challenged gets jilted

ABC might want to think about extending Dancing with the Stars back to two hours, even if it means padding Monday night's performance edition with a hoe down and pixilated home videos of contestant Pamela Anderson.

Weighing in at 90 minutes, Dancing dominated from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with 386,819 D-FW viewers, more than watched either of the Dallas Mavericks' last two marrow-draining losses to the San Antonio Spurs.

The second episode of ABC's Romantically Challenged sitcom then dug a ratings gulch from 8:30 to 9 p.m., sinking to 101,795 viewers in beating only the second half-hour of NBC's soon-to-be-canceled Trauma. That's a fatal fall-off.

Fox's 24, counting down to next month's series finale, was Monday's second most-watched attraction with 237,521 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.

At 9 p.m., Fox4's local newscast edged a repeat of ABC's Castle for first place while dominating that time period among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds.

WFAA8's 10 p.m. newscast then had a big night, winning comfortably in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

NBC5 and Fox4 took the remaining news derby golds.

The Peacock cruised at 6 a.m. with twin wins and also won at both 5 and 6 p.m. in total viewers. Fox4 ran first at those early evening hours in the 25-to-54 demographic.